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September is a rather transitional month when it comes to food, with days fluctuating between hot and cold. In terms of produce, summer vegetables are still quite delicious, but we start to want heartier flavors. In fact, some vegetables that were in season all summer are actually better tasting in the fall, such as eggplant.

Fall eggplant, or akinasu, were traditionally thought to be so delicious that there was a proverb saying they shouldn’t be given to your daughter-in-law. Whether this was mean-spirited or out of concern for her well-being — eggplant is thought to cool the body, which would be bad as the temperature drops — is up for debate.

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